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February 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
April 10, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- A new poll released Thursday shows the Legislature's approval rating has taken a hit in the wake of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). According to the Field Poll, 46% of voters approved of the Legislature's job performance and 40% disapproved in mid-March. But after news broke of the federal corruption and arms trafficking charges against Yee, the Legislature's approval rating dropped to 43% and disapproval ticked up to 46%. In all, voter opinion of the Legislature moved negatively a net nine percentage points after the arrest of Yee, one of three state senators in recent months to be convicted or charged with a crime.
January 9, 1986 | Associated Press
The Three Mile Island nuclear plant needs to improve its employees' attitudes about job performance, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday. An NRC report generally praised the plant's three-month restart program for its Unit 1 reactor, which was idled for 6 1/2 years after an accident damaged an adjacent reactor and shut down the plant in 1979. But the agency expressed concern over employee carelessness and two recent unplanned shutdowns.
March 24, 2014 | Joel Rubin
Shaun Hillmann's career as a Los Angeles police officer appeared to be over after he was caught on tape outside a bar uttering a racial slur, and later denied it to his superiors. High-ranking police officials recommended that Hillmann be fired, according to internal LAPD records. A disciplinary board agreed, voting unanimously in January that he should be kicked off the force. Police Chief Charlie Beck decided otherwise, sparing the career of an officer whose father and uncle worked for the department.
January 30, 1995
Question: We employ a salaried, full-time employee who has an alcohol-abuse problem. The company has offered treatment assistance in the past, and two years ago we granted an extended absence, at full pay, for the employee to seek treatment. The employee, however, has not followed up on her part of the treatment. We had been experiencing many incidents of not being able to rely on her attendance, nor on her performance on days when she came in with a hangover.
November 12, 1991 | DAVID LINK, David Link is an attorney and writer living in Los Angeles
What does Assistant Los Angeles Police Chief Robert Vernon have in common with the thousands of lesbians and gay men who continue to protest Gov. Pete Wilson's veto of AB 101 (the anti-job bias bill for gays)? This is not a trick question. Two recent lawsuits demonstrate that there is at least one area in which Vernon, as well as those who identify themselves as fundamentalist Christians, and the gay community have something very important at stake.
June 30, 1999 | From Reuters
One cherished "freedom" most American workers will not be celebrating this Fourth of July holiday weekend is freedom from debt. "The American work force is falling into debt so deep that it is affecting not only their savings for retirement but job performance as well," an authority on financial education said.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on Monday joined a growing number of people who believe an investigation should be conducted to determine whether controversial religious beliefs espoused by Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon affect his job performance. "The Police Commission and the City Council, I understand, are taking a look at that," Bradley said. "It is quite appropriate that they do so."
Call it L'Affaire de la Moustache. When the Euro Disney Resort opens this weekend in a Paris suburb, one person who won't be celebrating is Edoardo Leoncavallo, an architect and former executive at the $4-billion theme park. Leoncavallo and his wife, Kathleen, are locked in a lawsuit with Disney, alleging that the studio and theme park company breached an employment contract with them and defamed the 56-year-old Venice, Calif., man.
August 29, 1985
President Reagan continues to receive a strong vote of confidence from the American people for his handling of presidential duties. In the latest (mid-August) Gallup Poll, 65% approved of Reagan's job performance, 26% disapproved and 9% were undecided. Not since the honeymoon period following his 1981 inauguration has a significantly larger proportion approved of the President's performance in office.
January 8, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement ahead of the upcoming election, and most of the readers who have sent letters reacting to the resignation have welcomed the news. As I've noted in the past, reader opinion (including that of one L.A. County supervisor ) late last year had turned decisively against the embattled sheriff, whose department is under a jail abuse investigation by federal authorities. After news broke that 18 former and current members of the department had been criminally charged as part of that investigation, I wrote that "if The Times' letter writers were solely responsible for picking the L.A. County sheriff, Lee Baca would probably be out of a job. " Now, with Baca bowing out, many readers are moving on to the question of what's next, although some are still unsparing in their criticism of the sheriff.
December 4, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
President Obama's popularity is falling even in California, a deep-blue state he has won twice by landslides. It means Democratic politicians should worry about suffering fatal falls in the polling booths next November. That's not necessarily because voters turned off by the president will take it out on Democratic congressional and legislative candidates, although some of that could happen. More important, Democratic voters may be so disenchanted with Washington and politics generally that they don't turn out to cast ballots at all. And there's little on the horizon in California to excite them about voting.
November 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The latest poll on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's job performance makes one wonder what the crack-smoking, foul-mouthed, short-fused leader of Canada's biggest city would have to do to turn off voters. Ford's popularity has hardly been dented by his confession this month that he smoked crack cocaine with known gang leaders, or by the Toronto City Council's actions Monday stripping him of most staff, budget and governing powers. The mayor has also recently been shown on clandestinely recorded cellphone video swearing profusely and threatening to kill someone by ripping out his throat.
November 8, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's second-term approval ratings continue to slide, with a majority now disapproving of his job performance, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Obama's slide parallels that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whose ratings also dropped steadily during his second term, although Obama's 41% approval at this point - one year after his election - stands slightly higher than Bush's 36%. By contrast, Presidents Clinton and Reagan maintained a relatively high level of popularity in their fifth years in office.
November 4, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign? What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the poor security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya; the eavesdropping on close allies; and the botched rollout of the landmark healthcare law, Obama increasingly seems to be battling top-level management failures as much as policy or political problems.
October 7, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti maintains a strong approval rating among city voters, but most said they hadn't yet heard enough about him to form a distinct impression, according to a new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State L.A. poll.   The nonpartisan survey suggested that on the eve of his 100th day as mayor, Garcetti still benefits from a deep reservoir of good will among Los Angeles voters.   But the poll of 501 registered voters by the university's Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs also found many of the city's voters knew little about the mayor.
August 3, 1997
I found your article on CSUN's Blenda Wilson very interesting ("Wilson's Star Shines Far Beyond CSUN," July 27). It appears this woman is given a great deal of praise. However, upon reviewing her resume it was difficult to find anything extraordinary about her. I wonder if all of this excitement would be generated over a white male with the exact same qualifications and job performance. JOHN C. ANDREWS Sherman Oaks
February 9, 1986
Salary Hike OKd: City department heads will receive a median salary increase of 7.5% this year as the city's annual salary adjustment. Salary increases for the 12 department heads are based on job performance and on an estimated 6% cost-of-living increase in the marketplace, said Mark Flannery, director of personnel. He said department heads were scheduled to receive a salary increase last November, but the matter was delayed. This year's increase is retroactive to Nov. 1.
July 8, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Moving quickly to assemble his own team, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday asked the top managers of 35 city agencies and departments to reapply for their jobs. Executives overseeing parks, libraries, airports and a host of other city-run services are being told they will have to demonstrate how their agencies will become more nimble, technologically savvy and responsive to Los Angeles residents or risk losing their jobs, Garcetti said at a City Hall news conference. Some managers probably won't be rehired, he said before heading into a private meeting with the department heads.
March 16, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A federal agent has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for fatally gunning down a fellow agent who had fired shots at a supervisor, authorities said Friday. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, whose name has not been made public, shot and killed Ezequiel Garcia in February 2012 after Garcia opened fire during a meeting about his job performance. He fired at least six shots at his boss before he was shot dead. Kevin Kozak, the Los Angeles field office's second in command, was severely injured.
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